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SusannaG

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Just another GR refugee.  Other than that, I had a stroke in 2004, and read almost anything I can get my hands on, though I have a particular weakness for history, mystery, and historical fiction.

Currently reading

The Talisman Ring
Georgette Heyer
Progress: 43 %
Scars of Independence: America's Violent Birth
Holger Hoock
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
Yuval Noah Harari Dr
Progress: 9 %
Elizabeth: The Forgotten Years
John Guy
Progress: 20/512 pages
Lady Cop Makes Trouble
Amy Stewart
The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt's New World
Andrea Wulf
Progress: 2 %
The Hundred Years War, Volume 1: Trial by Battle
Jonathan Sumption
Progress: 166/586 pages
King Solomon's Mines
H. Rider Haggard
Progress: 4 %
Queen's Gambit: A Novel
Elizabeth Fremantle
Progress: 22 %
1913: The Eve of War
Paul Ham
Progress: 20 %

Cleopatra's Daughter

Cleopatra's Daughter - Michelle Moran

A slight whiff of YA - probably because the narrator, Cleopatra's daughter Selene - is an adolescent - but an enjoyable read.  Good historical accuracy, from what I could see.

 

Octavian/Augustus is the cool political operator, Livia a stone-cold bitch, Julia a flighty but beautiful teenager, Marcellus the golden boy, Tiberius the would-be general, Octavia endlessly kind, Agrippa unfailingly loyal, Juba brave, Alexander (Selene's twin) the lover of horses, while the younger children (familiar to those who have read I, Claudius), Drusus ("Germanicus"), Tonia ("Antonia") and Vipsania are all mostly mentioned in passing.

 

Slavery, and how Rome deals with it, are a constant thread throughout the novel, and, I thought, well-handled.

 

Also there are both an author's note, and a glossary of period terms.  Bonus points for that.

 

If I had a teenaged daughter, I'd happily suggest this novel.